Residents unite in stand against domestic violence

GLADSTONE residents can unite against domestic and family violence at a public rally this Sunday.

Sustainbility focus of new permaculture design course

New post-graduate programs to teach people how to live sustainably

Projects Unlimited directors likely to lose assets

The former headquarters for Projects Unlimited is now just an empty building as liquidators comb through the company’s finances.

Directors are more than $1 million in debt to creditors

New courier driver dozes off, rolls work ute in ditch

P-plater was four weeks into his new job when he crashed a ute

WE WERE THERE: Harbour Festival fun for 53 years

Remember these Observer front pages? (From top) In 2007 , 2009 and 2011.

Gladstone Harbour Festival grew over 53 years

Man shocked when changing light bulb at high school

Florescant lightbulb

Man taken to hospital after he was zapped from an electrical outlet

Local business awards to celebrate top service

Best in Business awards rewards businesses dishing out top treatment

LETTER: Grooming children is unconscionable behaviour

Reader's views on child grooming and crimes

Fancy a Heron Island holiday? What about just Heron Island?

This could all be yours.

Heron Island resort is for sale --- yes, you heard.

Aurizon to sack 800 workers over next three years

Rail group to become 'leaner, smarter, more efficient'

Update: MP hits out at council for stalling on CCTV network

We shouldn't be responsible for CCTV network, says Council.

Man in red ute stops with medical condition on Bruce Hwy

A 35 year old man was transported to the Gladstone Hospital this afternoon after suffering a medical condition north of Mount Larcom.

Man in red ute stops with medical condition on Bruce Hwy

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OPINION: Muster a salute to its dedicated fans and team

Musician - George Sheppard.The Gympie Music Muster, Main stage, music band Sheppard. August 29, 2015.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times

The event was fine-tuned this year to save costs and boost profit

YOUR SAY: Golden point a golden disgrace

TARNISHED: A season’s work should not come down to a golden point situation, says one reader.

RE: Wayne Heming’s piece this week regarding the golden point

LETTER: Gladstone loses best bone specialist

Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone.

Herb Linwood is sad to see another specialist leave Gladstone.

COLUMN: What does a normal marriage look like in 2015?

New Zealand's first gay couple to be legally wed, Melissa Ray (left) and Natasha Vitali, are thought to have parted.

It's easy to forget that not everyone is OK with marriage equality.

Our lost past: Australian life before everything changed

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert by Jukuna Mona Chuguna and Pat Lowe. Publisher: Magabala Books. RRP: Paperback $16.95. Also available as an e-book.

THE frontier wars on this continent cost Australia dearly.

OPINION: Golden try is answer for the NRL

APN senior sports reporter Wayne 'Ticker' Heming

The NRL Golden Try is wonderful TV and extraordinary theatre

Civilians put out servo fire started by a man with a lighter

Civilians put out servo fire started by a man with a lighter

Man discovers stab wound after his home was invaded

A man believes he was stabbed during a home invasion this morning

Grantham flood inquiry report to be made public

AFTERMATH: The clean-up begins after the devastating 2011 Grantham flood.

Inquiry findings to be released today

Man stabbed seven times after locking up mates' gate

Knifed 30-year-old needed more than 60 stitches for one wound

Woman missing for 4 years was last seen in Rocky

Missing woman Anne Richardson.

Anne Richardson featured on the Missing Australians Facebook page

Drivers high on ice, pot, ecstasy and it's not just youth

DRUG DETECTION: Sergeant Ian Rae asks a motorist to lick the stuck for a road-side drug test. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

403 drivers tested in six months, 97 have recorded a positive result

BP staff refuse to help sick paraplegic driver fill tank

Darron Shields was stunned after staff at BP Forest Glen refused to help him fill his fuel tank.

'Against company policy' to help paraplegic athlete at servo

Penalty rates battle looms in parliament

Call for flexibility slammed by Labor as code for cutting pay

Australia ‘controlling’ Nauru centre

TOUGH CONDITIONS: Australia’s offshore detention centre in Nauru was an eye-opener to the Sunshine Coast’s Kim Edwards.

Court hears Australia running centre despite it being in Naurun soil

Victorian cop charged with murder

Timothy Baker.

Man shot 3 times after being pulled over for routine traffic stop

Choice names top eight shonky products

Choice has awarded eight products and services with Shonky Awards in 2015.

Eight companies have been awarded a gong in the Shonky Awards

More funds, drop fee changes: Unis say

University students

Universities call for end to 'intolerable' uncertainty

Russia launches cruise missile strikes against Syrian rebels

Russia warships have launched cruise missile strikes against insurgent targets in Syria

RUSSIAN warships have launched missile strikes against insurgents.

Chart shows world on brink of new recession

The IMF launch the World Economic Output on October 6.

THE IMF has cut its 2015 forecasts for world output to 3.1 per cent.

Why almost half of women feel sad after sex

A study has found 46% of female university students reported PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime.

ALMOST half of women experience post-coital dysphoria symptoms.

Pair left husbands at home to get to dream grand final

Mackay's Clare Thompson and Joanne Spence were over-the-moon they splurged on tickets to the historic NRL grand final. Photo: Contributed.

Cowboys’ fans faced tough decisions before seeing team in fairy-tale

Two Eastern Brown snakes battle it out in frenzied fight

A still from the video showing two Eastern Brown snakes fighting at Byron Bay, posted on Facebook by Cheyne Seabrook. Photo Contributed

A VIDEO of two brown snakes fighting has been posted online.

Whale boat capsized said to be freak wave

Whale wave boat capsize will not be investigated

Whale wave boat capsize will not be investigated

Solar customers concerned about $599 to repair rusty screws

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The email invited customers to spend up to $599 to repair screws

Pets and their owners line up for a blessing at St Mark’s

BLESSED: Geoff Farmer, Rev. Julie Simpson, Rev. Barbara Diery, Rev. Kaye Pitman and Joel Farmer with Rocky at the blessing of the pets at St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Church offers pet blessings on feast day of animal-lover St Francis

Tweed Valley 'priestess' offering sexual healing

Sexologist and “priestess of Goddess”, Kerri Ryan, in her temple at Uki.

The 'sexologist' says she can help you heal.

Tony finds love after leaving The Bachelorette mansion

The Bachelorette contestant Tony Strugar.

BRISBANE bachelor is single no more and thanks show for new romance.

Selena Gomez in therapy over attacks on her weight

Selena Gomez

SELENA Gomez is in therapy following criticism about her weight

Nick Jonas is enjoying the single life

Nick Jonas says he isn't looking for 'The One' yet.

NICK Jonas is still single despite going on dates with Kate Hudson.

Cate Blanchett labels selfies 'pathetic'

Cate Blanchett isn't a fan of the photo sharing app Instagram or other types of social media.

CATE Blanchett says social media "sets up rivalry and jealousy".

Gympie Music Muster tightens belt, makes a profit in 2015

Gympie Muster reports a successful and profitable 2015 event

Stephenie Meyer rewrites Twilight Saga

Author Stephenie Meyer has rewritten the Twilight Saga to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

AUTHOR rewrites the Twilight Saga to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Your Mates agree their new beer is quite ‘sessionable’

CHEERS: Your Mates brewery founders Christian McGarry and Matt Hepburn launched their first beer, which is now sold on tap at five Sunshine Coast venues.

Coast lads teach themselves how to brew, start new business

Study shows playing golf increases your life expectancy

Mark Shaw

Play golf, live longer, not only that, those extra years are better

VW and Skoda launch online tool for Australian diesel owners

NAUGHTY CORNER: Volkswagen Group Australia has launched an online tool for owners to identify emissions cheat diesel engines in VWs and Skodas. Audi is sure to follow soon.

77,149 Australian VWs and Skodas affected by diesel scandal

Northern Australia forum paving the way for future

IDEAS: Minister assisting the premier on northern Australia Coralee O’Rourke said stakeholders wanted Abbot Point to be a multi-cargo port, to export produce.

Roundtable finding the big ideas to help improve northern Australia

Hemp could be burned as Casino meat co-op turns green

By Barbetorte (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Casino meatworks to launch eco-friendly project for new boiler

Watchdog signals blitz on false 'free range' egg claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has  has released a guide to assist egg producers to have a better understanding of their rights and obligations when promoting their products as free range.

Not acceptable to say free range when outdoor range isn't used often

UPDATE: Gladstone creditors to meet with liquidators

The Projects Unlimited team starting working in Gladstone in 2005 and had reputation of covering all types of jobs but were forced into liquidation when jobs they were planning on fell through.

A Gladstone construction company will meet with liquidators today.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Book to rival Apple

Microsoft Surface Book

Tech giant announces new Lumia, Microsoft Band and Xbox offers